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News Story
12/17/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
US tech firm has stepped up lobbying efforts with $3.5m charm offensive to persuade EU to drop punitive action over alleged abuse of monopoly position Google enlisted members of the US congress, whose election campaigns it had funded, to pressure the European Union to drop a €6bn antitrust case which threatens to decimate the US tech firm...
News Story
12/3/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The Fair Political Practices Commission is pushing new rules that would require interest groups for the first time to disclose how they spend millions of dollars on ads and other efforts to influence state policy. Lobbyist employers would have to itemize expenditures that exceed $2,500. And they would have to disclose the recipients of the...
News Story
11/10/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
California’s political ethics watchdog has shelved plans to discuss a controversial proposal that would make it easier for staff to remove behested payment filings and other documents from its website after seven years. The Fair Political Practices Commission said Tuesday that the proposed regulatory amendment would not be brought up for...
News Story
11/5/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The state's political watchdog agency is mulling a rules change that would mean dropping elected officials economic disclosures and behested payments reports from its website after seven years – effectively removing them from public view. And in a state where lots of people often hold one or more public offices for way longer than seven...
News Release
10/21/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google trimmed its 2015 third-quarter federal lobbying spending 7 percent to $3.65 million from $3.94 million in the comparable 2014 period, but still led lobbying expenditures among 16 technology and communications companies tracked by Consumer Watchdog. Lobbying disclosure reports filed Tuesday with the Clerk of the...
News Story
10/12/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
As large clocks around the office counted down to Election Day last year, leading physicians ditched their business meeting and marched downstairs to stuff envelopes with campaign pamphlets in a makeshift war room at the California Medical Association’s Sacramento headquarters. No issue confronting voters threatened the pocketbooks and...
Blog Post
7/31/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
When the confirmation of California’s top toxics regulator was over, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon addressed the audience: “You saw democracy working…” But was this really democracy at work? The overwhelming majority of those in the room did not support the confirmation of Ms. Barbara Lee, a former air...
News Story
7/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Research Triangle Park, N.C. — Money talks in Washington, D.C., and technology giants keep spreading around the cash as it lobbies for everything from tax breaks to more business. AT&T stepped up its lobbying, for example, as it continues to try to win approval for its DirecTV deal. But the communications giant has plenty of company...
News Story
7/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
One company doubled its lobbying budget, while Google spent most.   Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft spent together $11.7 million on lobbying for Q2, according to disclosure forms filed with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. Google ranks the highest for the biggest amount spent at $4.69 million, although it was also the...
News Story
7/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Apple, Facebook and Amazon.com have increased their expenses on trying to influence U.S. politicians and policy at the federal level, but Google still outstrips them in spending though it reduced expenditure in the second quarter. Amazon's spending on lobbying increased by 103 percent to a record $2.15 million in the second quarter of 2015,...